Holland Holiday Guide

Holland Tourist Information


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Also commonly referred to as Holland, this charming little country is nestled between Germany and Belgium with a busy North Sea stretch of coastline. Historical cities such as Amsterdam, Delft and Maastricht draw tourists in their thousands with picturesque canals, windmills and cobblestone lanes. Many tourists opt for one of the many tours of Holland in order to maximise their chance of seeing most of the tourist attractions and sites on offer.

The capital is criss crossed by an extensive network of canals and bridges. Here tourists can soak up culture at Amsterdam's extensive array of museum including the poignant Anne Frank's House. Noted for its naughty night life and chaotic bicycle and tram traffic, the city nevertheless has a laid-back feel that complements its notoriously relaxed drugs laws.

A popular stop-off for ceramic lovers amongst the tourists is Delft the home to artists who specialise in the production of the pretty blue and white dishes and other items. The pace of life here is laid-back, and its unspoilt centuries-old buildings make it an enjoyable place to step back in time.

Maastricht, said to be one of Holland's most beautiful cities, offers visitors frenetic shopping and lively pubs. The capital of Limburg is also a busy business and education centre, so expect to rub shoulders with Dutch intellectuals.

The Hague is Holland's seat of government, as well as host to important institutions such as the International Court of Justice. The city's museums, stately mansions and impressive edifices make it popular among tourists.

Away from the cities, Holland has plenty of lovely countryside retreats where small canals and tulip fields dot the landscape. The well developed bicycle lanes and flat terrain make getting around on two wheels the best way to see the sights.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the main gateway to the country with direct flights to cities worldwide. From here, you can take a train to Amsterdam's main train station which is located in the city centre. Trains and buses connect the capital with all parts of the country.

Petty crime can be a problem in Holland's larger cities, making taking out travel insurance a good idea before you arrive. While the Netherlands is considered very safe for travellers, travel insurance is the best way to protect yourself against unforeseen expenses and is strongly recommended.